Sampling: Dos and Don'ts
This webinar provides instruction on when, where, and how to take measurements and sample wastewater in public owned treatment works. At the end of this presentation, students should understand which containers to collect which types of samples, as well as the various preservation methods for different sample types. Participants will also learn where and how frequently the samples are collected in the treatment process. Finally, the presentation covers what to look for during an inspection with regards to proper operation and maintenance of sampling equipment.
Date of Recording: January 27, 2021 (1-2:30 pm Eastern)
Cornell D. Gayle is a Professional Civil Engineer who works with the Environmental Protection Agency providing support to states and local municipalities ensuring compliance with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System requirements. Cornell understands the value of clean water and its ability to physically and emotionally unite or divide communities. He has supported states in post disaster recovery through supporting the re-establishment of water and wastewater services. As he travels around the nation, he educates grade school students, Federal and State inspectors, and facility operators on the importance of proper treatment of water and colleting accurate data to ensure our limited public water resources are safe.
Cornell is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer with the state of Georgia. He also holds Certified Inspector and Plan Reviewer Licenses with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. He has received many awards over his career. Cornell’s latest award is a Gold Medal for his work supporting the restoration of water service to Bay County, Florida after the devastation of hurricane Michael in 2018.
Cornell holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Christopher McHugh is an Environmental Engineer in the Environmental Sampling Section at the EPA Region 4 LSASD (Laboratory Services and Applied Science Division) in Athens, Georgia. He received a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering (2015) and a M.S. in Engineering (2017) from the University of Georgia. Christopher started working in July 2016 in the Science & Ecosystem Support Division in Athens, GA as an intern before being hired in January 2017. He mainly works as an inspector performing NPDES Inspections under the Clean Water Act at municipal and industrial WWTPs. He also performs NPDES Program Overview audits of the Region 4 states and conducts inspector training with other Region 4 inspectors as requested from the states. Christopher is an avid golfer and enjoys playing when he gets the chance.